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Life & Work with Lexi Tuel of North Kansas City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lexi Tuel.

Hi Lexi, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
So many people ask me how I started baking or how I got into it and I always say, I honestly have no clue! I remember making cinnamon rolls with my Grammy at her kitchen counter, or sugar cookies during the holidays. But I also specifically remember thinking, “oh my god this is taking forever, when can we eat this?” It’s weird, I feel like I never enjoyed the process but always loved the end result. I loved watching my Grampy or my parents eat the warm sweets and smile. I think I learned that you can love people through baking, and that has always stuck with me. Through high-school and my first few years of college, I loved baking for my friends and classes. After a couple years post high-school, I found myself in Lincoln Nebraska talking to the Director of the Culinary program at Southeast Community College. The way he spoke about the program really made me feel excited about the possibilities in the food industry. So I attended what is now Great Plains Culinary Institute and it changed my life! The passion from the teachers, the amazing facility, and the constant hustle and bustle made me feel at home. While attending school,I worked at local bakeries and started honing my skills. Believe it or not, I used to be an absolute mess of a cake decorator. But then again, I think most people are starting out! This is when I started taking orders at home and growing my “buisness”. After my husband graduated college at UNL, we moved to Kansas City at the beginning of 2020. I worked at a couple local bakeries while still trying to get my side hustle up and going. It’s been such a long road and a lot of hard work, but I am busier than ever and loving the customers and friends I have found in KC!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would love to say that’s it been smooth sailing, but my family would probably laugh. I think my biggest hurdle has always been balancing time. I love what I do, I love meeting new customers and other vendors. It’s hard when you love what you’re doing to say: stop, you have to take time for yourself and your family. There’s never enough time!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a baker and cake artist, I own Vanilla Bean Bake Shop which is a cottage cake studio in my home. Recently, I have been focusing more on wedding cakes and desserts, but I do a lot of custom cakes and desserts for other events. I am definitely more known for my cakes, but I have a soft spot for decorated sugar cookies. I love getting to work with customers on designing the perfect cake for any occasion. Everything is made from scratch, which is something people really enjoy hearing and eating! I believe that the customer should get the best quality you can offer, whether that’s a fresh baked or beautifully decorated cake.

What are your plans for the future?
We just finished building out the registered cake studio in our home, but we are definitely always looking towards the next thing. We are hopeful to have a storefront in the future, but for now we are loving where we are! The wedding industry is booming right now, so we are looking forward to finishing this year strong and taking on 2022 with our engaged couples!

Contact Info:

  • Email: Orders@vanillabeanbakeshopkc.com
  • Website: Vanillabeanbakeshopkc.com
  • Instagram: @vanillabeanbakeshopkc
  • Facebook: Vanilla Bean Bake Shop KC

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